2011

2011 December: "Orbital Trash" -- Not just trash on earth, but trash in orbit.
This month, as a follow-on to the discussion of population generated trash on earth, I take a look at trash generated by human space programs, why it's an issue, and what might be done about it.
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2011 November: "Population" -- A discussion of some of the problems of a burgeoning world population.
Sometime very soon, the world's population willl reach 7 billion people. Earth's growing population is progressively causing problems -- resource depletion, pollution, the availability of arable land and fresh water, places to dump our trash, etc. It's not going to get better anytime soon. Each of us has a responsibility to do what we can.
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2011 September: "Paradigm Shift" -- Nanotechnology isn't the only game in town.
Indeed, nano is only one member of a team that looks like the leading contender to become the industrial revolution of the 21st century. Welcome Team G.R.I.N. -- Genetics, Robotics, Information Technology, and Nanotechnology.
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2011 July: "Foolishness" -- Honesty and foolishness are the court jester's hallmarks.
A not-too-serious consideration of learning, thinking, conversation and the inevitable encounter with looking foolish.
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2011 May: "Nerdvana" -- What will make a software geek happy.
Musings about the revelations provided by a newly purchased computer system.
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2011 April: "Overload" -- Pros and cons of pervasive information streams.
A relentless barrage of information streams is making it difficult to think.
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2011 February: "Elegant Tech" -- Great technology should be simple, obvious, and it should work.
Among the many, varied bits of technology vying for our attention and money, there are a few items that are dramatically better than the rest. Here are my current candidates for the designation "Elegant Tech".
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